Charity Review

Monday 25th March 2024

Despite being the shortest term of the year, it is impressive to see how many charitable endeavours the Marlborough pupil community have embarked upon in the past few months. Ranging from individual, house, and wider school efforts, we have seen a variety of initiatives take place which have raised over £23,000 and broadened awareness for very worthy causes.

Early February saw Turner Shell’s fantastic home clothes day, which was widely taken up by the pupil body. They also hosted a charity dinner and concert, and these combined events have raised a running total of £6,129 for Charity: Water. Summerfield hosted a raffle at their black-tie Valentine’s invitational supper and raised £150 for The British Heart Foundation. The Ivy Concert and Art Exhibition raised £1,025 for Bowel Cancer UK – a charity very close to their hearts – and a further £240 for The Oscar Foundation, maintaining our links with this organisation following their visit to the College as part of their UK boys and girls tour last autumn.

Impressive pupil-led individual efforts include Ella S completing an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro for the West Lunga Conservation Project raising £2,615, and Clarke H’s Open 3rd XI football shirt sales initiative which has so far raised £400 for the charity founded in memory of their former dame, Nikki McAllister. For this same cause and their 50th birthday charity appeal, Barton Hill hosted a charity weekend which was a massive success. The concert, featuring our school house band ‘The Porter’s Daughters’, and six-a-side football tournament raised around £2,000 and were great ways to bring the school community together on the final weekend of term.

Aashiv T has raised £8,810 for Macmillan Cancer Support and is targeting raising £10,000 in total to support their work. If you would like to contribute to his fundraising then his GoFundMe page can be found here.

Wider school events saw the annual lacrosse tournament organised to raise money for the Charlie Waller Trust, the mental health charity. Despite the still wintry weather the atmosphere remained positive, and the day was very enjoyable. An impressive £2,500 was raised – well done and thanks to all the schools who participated.

Finally, the pupil-led charity committee for 2023/24 has now handed the reins to a new team; it was exciting to see so many pupils interested in being a part of this group – more than 40 Lower Sixth pupils applied – and congratulations to the group of 12 who have been selected. This term has seen another remarkable philanthropic effort from the Marlborough community, and we look forward to more of the same.

Olivia M
Charity Prefect

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